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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A California-style IPA with a Belgian twist
AKA Stone Cali-België IPA
First Release:
September 2008

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA features a complex and surprising combination of flavors, but behind the fancy title is the simply delicious Stone IPA. The addition of a carefully selected strain of Belgian yeast adds banana and spice notes to the hoppy brightness of our flagship IPA. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one on tap at Barleys last night. Figured I would start off the night with it.

The pour was decent with a golden amber color, nice clarity to it and active carbonation leading to a nice white cap that fizzled out quickly and left little in the way of side glass lacing. Aroma was intresting. First aroma is that of light citrus hops, touches of lemon and orange coming through but warming brings out hints of pear, clove and a touch of almost a grainy touch. Really blends very well and creates a nice and very bright aroma. First sip was not as complex as I would have hoped. Light biting on the tongue, nice touches of grapeskin, hints of lemon and light grassy notes. Clean, very clean with little aftertaste other then a slight tartness on the tongue and a light floral note. Smooth, easy to drink and quick to be finished.

Overall while not being the most complex thing in the world, it worked, and worked well. I would have no issue putting another one down.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bomber - poured chilled in a flared pint

A - A hazed apricot shade w/ a 2 finger cap which provides thick brussels lace. The lace sticks like spackle and appears like egg cream in a raised ring. The bead is pin sized + a swarm of carbonation hovers under the foam

S - A light fruit nose w/ pineapple + lychee w/ a mild herbal hop note. Spiced odor w/ belgian yeast esters give off a honey-like sweetness and the malt contributes some aroma w/ a tinge of pine from the hops

M - A smooth malty blend w/ a slight astringency and bitter effect from the hopping w/ medium high carbonation and sweet middle which leads to a bitter, slightly sharp bite. The texture while slightly fuller than average for an Ipa, has a sweet tip

T - The flavor of the Cali-belgique is gentle with orange notes up front which lead to a mild pine hop flavor and a sweet malt taste. The malt gives a honey-like element combined with mellow phenol from the yeast w/ a citrus acidity and the taste has a mild spiced flavor w/ grainy undercurrent. The American hops give this Belgian IPA a lot of complex and fresh flavors w/ mild kumquat tartness and lemony sweet aspect. The finish is acidic and warm

D - The Stone Cali-Belgique is quite the tasty Belgian IPA, not the best, but up there with some of the best examples of the style-easy to drink like an American IPA w/ lots of hop flavor and nice w/ yeasty Belgian influence - I recommend this highly

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy golden-yellow color with a two finger head. Good lacing.

S: The nose is a bit more complex than your typical IPA. A nice bready, and yeasty aroma with some great citrus hop notes as well.

T: You definitely get the Belgian yeast character in this--orange, some slight spice. The hops are there but not as in-your-face as the typical Stone IPA. Very balanced and tasty beer.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Not my favorite offering from Stone, but a nice change of pace for them.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of errantnight, review based on notes

Opens with a nice whoosh! Pours an effervescent & bright apricot with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Appleskins & pears

T: Follows the nose, plus a bit of candi sugar, phenols, dirt & lemons up front. Breadyness, apricot & a kiss of booze as this warms. Finishes with orchard fruittyness, dryness & grapefruit (about time the Cali side shines through)

MF: Semi-chewy with light but noticable carbonation & very good balance. Chewier & slightly slick once warm

Drinks very easy, a nice take on the style

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow approaching orange in color with some extremely light visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy looking light beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of thick patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of citrus and floral hops along with some light spices.

T: There is a wonderful flavor of citrus, floral, and spicy hop notes. There is a pleasant underlying malt body that gives a light sweetness upfront. Light bitterness but not over the top of aggressive.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is pretty well balanced with nice amounts of complexity. There is a very enjoyable flavor/smell and the beer is very easy to drink, I could easily have more than one of these but it might be a little strong to be sessionable. I found this pretty refreshing and will likely have it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear amber-tinted gold topped by a finger of light cream-white micro-foam. The nose comprises dank pine needles, wet grass, lime, light lemon zest, light-ish toffee, and pineapple. The taste holds notes of nutmeg, clove, black pepper, rich toffee, light pretzel, banana, pineapple, light pine resin in the back, and some very light balsa even further in the back. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel. Overall, a very nice BIPA, one that goes down way the hell too easily...

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight haze to an otherwise golden color. Moderate lasting head with a significant amount of spotty lace on the glass.

High fresh grapefruit-like hop aroma; background alcohol with light malt.

A dry brew with a high amount of hop. The aftertaste is long-lasting bitter hop. Relatively thin body with an above average level of carbonation. Lip puckeringly astringent.

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Photo of billab914
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger white head. Laced nicely on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy and citrusy with strong Belgian yeast spiciness. Taste starts out with the citrus and hoppy flavors but then the big spiciness of the belgian yeast hits your pallet. The yeast gives it a very strong spice kick that dominates the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Overall this was pretty good, it was more on the Belgian side of the spectrum than the American IPA. If you like Belgians and hops you would probably like this one.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/15/11 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA at their Stone steal the pint night event. Poured in a 10 oz. tulip.

a - Pours a hazy medium orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spice, Belgian yeast, mint, bananas, citrus hops, and light tropical fruits. Very nice and fruity mixing with the Beglian style yeast and spice.

t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, cloves, bananas, floral notes, and some citrus hops. Again, quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy body. Very easy to drink, awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a great Belgian IPA. Nice Belgian notes mixing with fruit and very easy to drink a glass of. Would certainly order it again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange golden hue with a thick effervescent off white head, forming thick and rising well above my glass. Sporadic chunky lacing simply clings to the sides of my Gordon Biersch Imperial pint glass. I know not exactly the choice for many Belgian style ales, however this one retains enough American hops to fit smoothly into this style of glass. Big grapefruit and citrus tones simply crash down on my senses, excellent American hop profile...in fact it's one I don't think that I've enjoyed since early on in Stone's uprising. A bit of Candied sugar and sweet biscuit or cracker sweetened malts lay open to a load of citrus hops, and since that's the case that is all I can recall from recent Stone Cali-Belgique examples. Sweet sugary hops and malts with spicy Beglian malts not as much of a train wreck as some of the Belgian style ales, I just hope that Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale makes it out to southeastern Ohio more often. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft effervescent carbonation from your atypical Stone creation, I thought I was going to hate the American hops with Belgian yeast but this version worked for me and I hope to see more of it in greater Pittsburgh area. Btw, I snagged this bottle from the Piggly Wiggly at Market Common in Myrtle Beach.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely clear orange amber with a thin creme head. Nose is perfume and floral tones. Flavor comes off as the skins of some fruit to me. Grapefruits I think. I don't like to eat grapefruit skins, and I don't really want to drink them. There's also a bitter acidic bite from too much hops, I am guessing. Earthy dirt aftertaste a bit. Carbonation is slightly aggressive and the liquid is smooth. Overall this is a below par Belgian IPA IMO. The hops are too prevalent to let the Belgian Ale side shine and it doesn't have the balance I would seek out from this style.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours golden with a thin white bubbly head.

The smell is interesting - tart-ish funkyish Belgian yeast with a citric hoppiness. The yeast strain seems to dominate the hops at times. I found that they don't necessarily clash - but almost.

The taste follows the nose to a tee - tartish, bready yeast with a firm, but not strong, citric American hop bitterness with some maltiness. Finishes bready and dry.

Doesn't quite have the Belgian body, more of a medium IPA-ish one, which is fine, but nothing particular special about the body, to me.

As much as I love American hops, I think this is decent, and a great idea, but it just wasn't what I was hoping it would be. There have been Belgian IPA's I preferred over this, and another American brewery's attempt that I prefer as well. Nice enough, but didn't come together quite the way I was hoping. Still, worthwhile to try, as it is interesting and creative.

According to the label, about half say Cali-Belgie (Flemish) and the other half (the one I have) is as it is listed here (French). Cool that they thought of both Belgian cultures.

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells primarily of Belgian yeast and faint alcohol esters. Taste is definitely Belgian yeast with some mild malts and faint hop character. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated with an alcohol warmth.

Overall, it's not bad, but rather one dimensional. Not an IPA I'd look to get again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very hazy, orange colored, smallish white head.

aroma: spices, citrus, and funky-ass Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Like a trappist tripel with a hoppy kick. Nice, nice, nice.

Taste: Belgian yeast flavor leads it off, commands the palate, with the bitter hoppy edge riding side saddle. Funky, weird, wild, and hoppy as heck. If I were drinking this blind, I'd assume it was Belgian and never guess it was hailing from San Diego or thereabouts. Rounds out rather dryly, eases easily off the palate, but leaves one with the memory of fruity hops and esters, a blistering barrage of hops, and unmistakable Belgian yeast.

It's a wonderful marriage of Stone IPA and Belgian-style IPA. It's sweet, hoppy, wild, and dry, and I'm falling madly for it. Quite drinkably, passes the gullet with the greatest of ease. Each new sip leaves me loving this, and marveling at the mastery of it's creation. Mmm, mmm.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Best until July 4th 2015.

Deep golden brass and orange bronze body, clear but with an opaque non see thru appearance. Great roaring middle of column rising carbonation matching a creamed nitrous looking two finger top head. Settles with sheet like lacing and manages a very thick looking collar. Big, aggressive and unique great looker.

Basic sense of Belgian candy like sugar and soft malts on the aroma. Mild sensing citrus fruit a bit, but seems to lean more to sugar. Slightly bready a bit as well. Solid if a bit different.

Palate has the hop forward angle of American grapefruit like hops in the mid palate. Mild sensing Belgian sweetness taken over by hop forward action in the aftertaste, with hinting oils of lemon and orange zest. Finishes quite clean and dry. Lots of hop bitterness which tends to obfuscate a lot of the Belgian character. Warmth brings up some more juicy fruit character as time goes on, even a hint of pepper like notes on the finish as well.

Overall though it's a match of styles that seem to clash and can't quite seem to find the perfect balance between the two, or the direction to go. Well made, but also doesn't seem to appeal to my right senses.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dry peppery and can't believe this is 6.9 for an Abv. A lovely example that I would be happy to belly up to again and again. Just so I can pad the would count from one of my favourite chalices for tastings the Schiltz American Abbey series. Nice residual sweetness balanced against aggressive dry hopping all making for a nice brew.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light grade honey.

S - Huge bouquet of ripe banana and clove. Smells fantastic.

T - Sweet with outstanding banana and peach flavors. Floral and clove flavors and a touch of brown sugar on the back end.

M - Smooth with a medium-light body.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer poured with a honey-gold color, with a tall, frothy, bright white head. The beer looked like it had a heavy, almost syrupy feel to it. Citrus, Belgian spice, and resiny bitter-sweet aromas on the nose. The smell is very vibrant and full. The beer itself is bitter-sweet, with heavy malted and spiced flavors forming a backbone for the dry, pepper spiced hops profiles. The beer has a sweet and sour balanced aftertaste, with some bitter hops giving the beer a dry finish. The beer is sweeter than most IPAs, and the Belgian funk makes this one difficult to drink lots of, for my personal tastes, at least.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the BA Belgian fest yesterday, and reviewed based on notes, pours lighter amber, clear under an initially fluffy and dense off white head. I got resiny hops, some lime in the nose. Fruity, hoppy, yeast going on here. Complex, tasty offering. I love the regular Stone IPA, love the Belgian addition..so enjoying this one is a no brainer...I'd love to see this one in bottles locally sometime soon

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Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip (close enough). Beer is dark yellow and cloudy. Forms an off white head of medium to small bubbles (aggressive head) that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks good.

Hop aroma is muted, yeasty smelling, interesting. The aroma is 100% Beligan amber or strong pale, not IPA. I'm always conflicted when reviewing this style of beer.

Beer is medium to low body, slightly metallic in flavor. I'm not getting hops as much as I'm getting the Belgian again. Second taste, there is a slight bitterness at the back of the mouth. I'm definitely getting a good strong pale ale vibe from this beer. So what do I do? Do I penalize it because it off style or rate it well because I like it. I'll give high drinkability because its one of my styles, but I'll knock it for a lack of hop flavor.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12/11/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. 2008 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Fairly clear deeper golden colored pour. About a 3/4 inch head upon pour with lovely streams of carbonation rusing from the bottom of my glass. Leaves light spotted and mild streaks of lace.

Smell- Scents of fusel alcohol, toasted malts, belgian yeast strains and of course fruited hops.

Taste- Well balanced with lots of flavors. Not sure how many hops they used in here. Guessing two, but could even be one....which would be amazing if that was the case. Fresh perfumy and unripe grapefruit bitter hops flavors abound. A bit of sweetness and earthyness from the lightly toasted malt...maybe even a slight touch of chocolate dusting. A little dash or corriander and some white pepper as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite dry, quite quenching, sharp and crisp. Medium carbonation level with a nice light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the most drinkable beers I have had. Makes you want to guzzle it. Going to buy another one or two on my way home for SD tomorrow.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer that shows off a bit of sturdy head. Golden body with a slight haze to it. Perhaps a touch of copper.
Citrus aroma with some 'green' to it, like stems or something. Orange peel and some banana mixed in as well.
Cirsp feel to it that has a bit of a biscuity finish, a bit chewy...not much though.
The citrus and biscuit dance well together and the spice does well with both. Coriander and some sweet gum. A bit of a butterscotch finish, but I think that was the tap.

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Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight yeast, citrus hops, piney hops, slight alcohol, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pine hops, slight citrus hops, hint of alcohol, slight alcohol, strong yeast, and slight spice. Overall, good aroma, blend, appearance, complexity, and body.

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aromam is great. It has a refreshing hop and Belgian yeast aroma. It's bitter with a solid malt base. It goes down easy and finishes nice and fruity. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop taste with a thin malt flavor and a dry fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tastey beer, but it's too bitter and lacks malt character.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 3" head. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: loads of belgian yeast and bitterness is detectable.

Taste: yeast, pepper, some grapefruit, pears, golden apples, and a nice hearty bitterness creates a nice version of a Belgian IPA. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Some dryness late. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long as the yeast, spices, and bitterness linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this one is a nice slow sipper and gets better as it warms. Worth picking this up if available.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
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